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past and present on their way to south africa. tomorrow's lamoille service with nelson mandela. president obama, former president george w. bush, jimmy carter, they also plan to attend. a foreign affairs correspondent joins us now in johannesburg, south africa. so the preparations are underway >> it's remarkable. the world is coming together to south africa and that is what a spokesman for the government said today. we have been watching as the dignitaries arrived in this is the former and final home with nelson mandela. as you can imagine, south africa security is gearing up. 11,000 troops and police have been deployed in over 70 heads of state are coming to this country. president obama, 26 congressmen, adding friends and those from around the world. prince charles all the way to raul castro. they will all be there in johannesburg, not far from the neighborhood where nelson mandela spent so much of his life. tens of thousands of dignitaries and the range of people that will be there at that event and elsewhere, telling us just how huge the reach of this man was. heather: than
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president of south africa, he invited his prison guard to sit in the front row of his inauguration, and that is the spirit of nelson mandela that i think president obama was representing. he didn't have a long, drawn-out conversation. he shook the man's hand. and in this world, in this day and age, that should at least be what we can do. bill: jehmu, thank you for your thoughts, michael graham, thank you as well. we put this question out earlier -- not about kanye west, by the way. but we put it out earlier, pretty interesting responses. martha: yes, what do you think? should the president have shaken hands with raul castro? bill: albert writes: what would mr. romney have done or president reagan? martha: and dottie says just look at his body language, he was just working the rope line, had no idea who he was, according to dottie. bill: old saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, a handshake is meaningless. martha: and finally, scott says: if you're trying to open the way for better relationships to promote a better life for cubans, yes. bill: lines are still open.
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15th, his funeral will be held in front of 2-3,000 dignitaries including president obama and many other world leaders. today, earlier today south african president zuma joined other mourners in laying flowers in what has become a shrine outside nelson mandela's johannesburg home. in capetown archbishop desmond tutu said that losing nelson mandel rah was like losing a close member of your family. today in south africa everyone is mourning. tonight they will be dancing in the streets, but this is not some disrespectful partying, bill. this is a sign of respect, an african tradition for africa's ultimate struggle hero. bill? bill: well done, paul..% thank you. we're looking forward to the next nine, ten days in your country in south africa. martha? martha: well, now for more on nelson mandela, let's wring in a man who brings a unique perspective to this discussion because he was the u.s. ambassador to south africa during apartheid. edward perkins, former u.s. ambassador to south africa, ambassador, welcome. it is very good to have you with us this morning. >> thank you. good to be he